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Snappy Christmas is Coming

It’s that time of year again…. SNAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!

For five consecutive years the whole-class workshops have conjured some memorable moments for the children who take part. The jubilation and fellowship that’s shared between each and every child during these events is something that can only be captured at Christmas time. And this is partly the reason behind Snappy Christmas’ widespread appeal; the euphoric atmosphere that’s created is breathtaking for the parents who attend.

Snappy Christmas 2017 featured songs from countries around the world.

This year the scope and scale has not been minimised and we’re hoping for our biggest and most successful Snappy Christmas to date. Returning to the event is the Snappy Music band, formed collectively from TVMS staff, who will perform a medley of Christmas classics as well as introducing the pupils to several Snappy Songs; written, performed and arranged by Tees Valley Music Service.

2018’s event will also feature the largest number of schools we’ve ever had. Over 70 schools will take part in Snappy Christmas 2018 which accounts for more than 5000 children overall across all 5 days.

With the first of the five events scheduled for next week venue preparations have already been made, tickets have been purchased and the Snappy Band have had their final rehearsal. For up to date coverage of our Snappy concerts visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

View the official dates and venues below from the posters along with the schools that will be taking part this year…



Take That to Perform in Middlesbrough in 2019

Legendary pop band Take That are to perform at The Riverside Stadium in June 2019 as part of their 30th Anniversary tour.

Take That, who’s plethora of hits include Shine and Rule the World will perform in 12 venues across the UK next year, reliving their greatest hits. Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen will visit Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on Saturday 1st June 2019. 

The music idols attract huge crowds to their concerts so this event is likely to be sold out very quickly. Securing one of the most-beloved pop groups in the UK to perform in Teesside is undeniably a massive achievement and a huge leap forward in putting Teesside on the map.

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, was thrilled with the confirmation.

In an interview with Teesside Live, Ben Houchen and Lee Fryett (Head of Commercial for Middlesbrough FC) discussed the upcoming event on the grounds of the Riverside Stadium and suggested other big named music and comedy stars could be encouraged to consider Teesside as part of their UK tours.

Mr Houchen proudly said:

Like a lot of the other things we do, this starts to put us on the map.
For years and years we’ve always looked up to Newcastle and Sunderland who’ve hosted these big music events, but now is our time.”



The announcement comes amid efforts for Middlesbrough FC to bring the Rugby League World Cup to Teesside in 2021, including using the Riverside Stadium as a venue.


Making Waves – Brighter Sound Workshop

Brighter Sound, in partnership with the Sage Gateshead, are looking for female music makers aged between 13 and 18 from the North East. They would like to offer young musicians the chance to explore the possibilities of sound, experiment with cutting edge music technology and work with amazing digital sound artists.

This event is FREE to attend. Travel bursaries are available upon request.

This is a great opportunity if you’re looking to make music in new and innovative ways. Lead by an all-female team of amazing digital and sound artists from across the North of England you will:

  • Spend four days (Monday 20th – Thursday 23rd August) experimenting and creating new music using found sound to create a unique ‘sound experience’.
  • Collaborate with other young musicians from the North East.
  • Showcase your work to a live audience at Sage Gateshead on Friday 24th August – as part of The Hexagon Experiment*.   

Register your place now!

Sign up by Wednesday 15th August to guarantee your place!

*The Hexagon Experiment is a six-part series of Friday night experiments’ featuring live music, conversations and original commissions from pioneering women at the forefront of music, art and science. Part of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018.

Tickets available now!

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About the artists?

Afrodeutsche is a British born Ghanaian/Russian/German composer, producer and DJ based in Manchester. Her productions cross a wide range of styles including classical solo piano, teachno, house and electro. She holds a monthly radio show on the reputable NTS, featuring her own productions, ranging from dark electro to breaks and jacking house.

Caro C is an electronic music artist, sound engineer and facilitator based in Manchester. Once described as a “one woman electronic avalanche”, Caro has been enkoying making musical mischief for over 20 years now after starting out in Newcastle. She has performed at key venues including Bridgewater Hall, Museum of Science and Industry, Band on the Wall, Royal Institute of Science, as well as festivals such as Bluedot and Festival Number 6. Caro is also the instigator and project manager of electronic music heritage charity Delia Derbyshire Day.

Mandy Wigby is a musician, composer, music producer and educator. She has released albums and singles, and toured internationally with signed brands The Sisters of Transistors and Lionrock. She has also created music and sound design for various multi-media projects and is currently part of the collective ‘The Architects of Rosslyn”. More recent projects have seen her develop a “Sensory Soundpit” with Di Mainstone, Howard Jacobs and a team of coders for the European City of Science 2016 and Bradford Science and Media Museum’s Super Senses 2017.

Vicky Clarke is a sound artist and electronic musician based in Manchester. Working with sound sculpture, field recordings and DIY electronics she creates performances, installations and self-built instruments. Her current research project explores sound sculpture to interface the physical internationally most recently at Rome Media Art festival and has been artist in residence at the National Science and Media Museum. She is co-founder of Noise Orchestra, a project developing synthesizers that translate light into sound.

TVYO 50th Anniversary Tour – UPDATE

It’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for! Tees Valley Music Service are absolutely delighted and very excited to be able to officially launch our special tour for next July (Monday 8th – Sunday 14th July 2019) to New York City, USA. The centerpiece of the tour is a full-length performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on Thursday 11th July 2019. This most definitely falls into the category of “once-in-a-lifetime” for the Orchestra and its members.

Not only that, but we have been able to secure a fantastic price for a full-length 5-night tour, so we will be able to experience the sights and sounds of the city that never sleeps. The hotel that’s been booked is right in the heart of Manhattan, none other than Times Square itself! TVYO have never toured outside mainland Europe so this tour will really be something special.

A welcome letter, detailing essential information regarding cost, dates and a payment plan, has been sent out to all existing members of the Youth Orchestra. We plan to extend the offer of enrollment onto this tour to past members of TVYO as this tour will take place in the Orchestra’s 50th year.

We have worked hard and obtained substantial research in an effort to provide our musicians with the lowest cost possible so that the tour is open to every member of the Orchestra and we feel confident that the price of the tour reflects this. The cost is £1295 in total, based on having a viable and well-balanced orchestra to produce a suitable standard that the venue demands. to ensure we reach this standard, a compulsory rehearsal weekend will take place beforehand.

TVMS hope to take everyone in the Orchestra so in order to secure a place we need the form that’s attached to the letter all TVYO members have been given to be returned to TVMS by Wednesday 6th June at the very latest. In order for the tour to go ahead it is necessary for members to make a firm commitment now by sending a non-returnable deposit (unless the tour has to be cancelled) of £150 made payable to “Stockton Borough Council” along with the form. Tour payments will be broken into 6 monthly installments of £143 to be paid on the 15th of each month starting in July 2018 with the final installment of £144 to be made on the 15th February 2019. To discuss a different payment schedule in exceptional circumstances contact TVMS.

TVYO performing at the Royal Opera House.

TVYO have performed both nationally and internationally in prestigious concert venues.

If you have not received the official letter and your’re a member of TVYO please contact Nicholas Nowicki.

This is a fantastic opportunity for TVYO to experience what it’s like to perform at the very highest and most prestigious level whilst being cultural tourists and ambassadors for the region.

More information on this tour will be made available in the coming months so stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages and on our this website for further updates.


Rita Ora To Headline New Music Festival In Middlesbrough

Rita Ora is set to headline a brand new festival taking place in Middlesbrough’s Stewart Park this summer! The singer will take to the stage on Friday 24th August at the Endeavour Festival.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora will front-line a major music event in Middlesbrough later this year.

The Endeavour Festival is being brought to Middlesbrough by South East Live (SEL) – a five year old events management company, which specialises in large scale events such as live open air concerts, music festivals and food and drink events. Since its founding, SEL have hosted events that have included big name acts like Madness, Louisa Johnson and Chas and Dave. Louisa Johnson herself is also expected to perform at the Endeavour Festival.

The company have hinted that if the Endeavour Festival is successful, it could prove to be an annual event.

Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Communities said: “We’re delighted by the news about about the Rita Ora concert in Stewart Park has now been made public and we hope this is an event people can get excited about”.

Speaking of Middlesbrough Council’s commitment of strengthening local communities, Mr Thompson said: “We [Middlesbrough Council] have big ambitions to bring city-scale events to Middlesbrough and are pleased that the organisers are thinking of this as somewhere they want to bring a concert with artists of the calibre of Rita Ora. We have already seen some big events on Centre Square and we want to do more to make this kind of occasion a regular occurrence in Middlesbrough.”

Stewart Park has been used as a live music venue in the past, including for Victoria Beckham’s performance in 2000 where 60,000 people attended the event to promote her then upcoming single Out of Your Mind with Dane Bowers. Other years saw Peter Andre and Rihanna perform.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale on Thursday 12th April and will be priced from £35. To buy tickets and for more information visit the Endeavour Festival website.

Youth Orchestra Triumph At The Sage.

A hot Monday evening, 17th July 2017 saw the Tees Valley Youth Orchestra play to a packed hall One at the Sage Gateshead.  The first half, Romeo & Juliet Suite No2 by Prokofiev, provided a worthy curtain raiser to the main event, the Shostakovitch 10th Symphony.   This work, premiered just after Stalin’s death, has been described as “the musical embodiment of oppression”.  The young musicians were augmented by some returning alumni for the occasion, making a 120 strong orchestra that spanned the entire stage of this excellent venue. The audience loved it and showed as much with a fully committed standing ovation.  Maestro Nick Nowicki lightened the mood for the encores (from Shostakovitch Jazz Suite & Borodin, Polotsvian Dances), delivered with gusto and no small measure of humour that left the audience smiling all the way through another ovation.

Gala Concert 2017 – Recap

The Gala Concert took place at Stockton Baptist Tabernacle on Saturday 6th May. The concert saw all of TVMS’ premier ensembles take part in an awe-inspiring evening of orchestral, jazz and choral music. The event concluded at 9:20pm to a rousing round of applause followed by a standing ovation as the Youth Orchestra performed Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 by Elgar.

The Gala Concert comprised an articulate repertoire, often alternating between popular and well known music to unfamiliar pieces which clearly portrayed the technicality and skill required from all the young musicians.

The photos taken from the event can be viewed here.

Chris Lewis speaking at the Gala Concert.

One of the videos captured from the event can be viewed below:

Gala Concert 2017

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Opera North Youth Chorus – Young Musicians WANTED

Opera North Youth Chorus (ONYC) are looking for 15 talented young musicians to join the choir as they prepare to take a new production on tour this Summer.

Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow is a one act opera written by Stephen Deazley which is premiering as part of the Buxton Fringe Festival in July. Originally commissioned by Scottish Opera, it’s inspired by Hilaire Belloc’s classic Cautionary Takes and includes the curious story of Matilda whose compulsive lies lead to a terrible fire, Henry King who ate too much string and George, a pint-sized trouble maker. ONYC will also perform the opera at Middleton Hall in Hull and The Place, London, as part of the 2017 Tête à Tête Festival.

The musicians need to be between 14 and 19 years old and be at Grade 8 or above on their chosen instrument. The group are particularly keen to find string, horn and percussion players. They’ll be guided throughout by highly experienced tutors and members of the Orchestra, with rehearsals starting at the end of June.

If you know or anyone you know might be interested please submit a short video showcasing your instrumental playing to together with their contact details. To find out more, please email Marie in the Education team:

Shine Festival – Recap

On Saturday 25th March 2017, the Shine Festival Award Ceremony was held at The Princess Auditorium, Yarm School. The 6PM event concluded with what was a successful that saw a diverse group of young and talented musicians from Tees Valley take part. The awards ceremony saw the winners perform their music pieces before collecting their trophies and cash prizes which were presented by Shine Festival and TVMS representatives as well as various sponsors.

The winners for Most Promising Singer, Singer of the Year, Most Promising Musician and Musician of the Year also received cash prizes with Most Promising Musician/Singer receiving £100 each and Musician/Singer of the Year accepting £200, respectively. The Most Promising Singer award was presented by Janet Howells, Musical Director of Stockton Synthonia Male Voice Choir who sponsored the prize. The Shine Festival Singer of the Year trophy was presented by David Tyrell, President of the Middlesbrough Rotary Club while the Shine Festival Musician of the Year award was presented and sponsored by The Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Ken Dixon.

Below are the photos of some of the winners accepting their awards from Shine Festival and sponsorship personnel: 

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   Chloe Godfrey (saxophone)

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Connor McMurray (harp)

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Megan Hill (singer)

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Abigail Craig (trombone)

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Alex James Mailen (singer)

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Neil Sild (cello)

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Victoria Coggon (singer)



National Youth Folk Ensemble 2017-18

The National Youth Folk Ensemble is for talented young instrumentalists aged 14-18 who are dedicated to developing as folk musicians and are excited about collaborating with others who share their passion!

Ensemble members will participate in four weeks of intensive residential courses in different parts of England and receive high quality tuition and guidance from leading folk musicians. They will develop skills in performance, arrangement and leadership as well as give public performances.

This is an opportunity for young musicians to participate in free workshops and audition for the National Youth Folk Ensemble. If you are interested in attending a free Sampler Day at a venue near you please visit The National Youth Folk Ensemble Website now to book your free place.

Sampler Days are an inspiring introduction to the Ensemble, including free creative workshops with Artistic Director Same Sweeney, short individual auditions and a Q&A. To register for a Sampler Day, musicians should be aged between 14 and 18 on 1st September 2017, live in England, be able to play confidently on any instrument and have an interest in folk music. Young musicians who meet the criteria but don’t wish to audition for the Ensemble are welcome to take part in the workshops.

National Youth Folk Ensemble